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The most impressive of the artist’s pictures in The Wallace Collection, it depicts a peacock and peahen standing on a balustrade above a family of muscovy ducks and ducklings, with a pair of Egyptian geese in the right foreground and a dove and swallow in the air. In much the same manner as contemporary still-life painting, the subject allows the painter to demonstrate his feeling for colour and composition as well as his ability to evoke different material textures in paint, from the magnificent plumed tail of the peacock to the soft down of the ducklings in the foreground. Once thought to be the pendant to Weenix's 'Peacock, Dead Game and Monkey' P69, it may also be compared in terms of subject matter and style with Weenix's 'Flowers on a Fountain with a Peacock' P59.

The Wallace Collection

London


Date

c.1680

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 207 x W 173.5 cm

Accession number

P64

Acquisition method

acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, at an unknown date; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897

Work type

Painting


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The Wallace Collection

Hertford House, Manchester Square, London, Greater London W1U 3BN England

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